Thursday, August 26, 2021

Mullen plays his part in securing GBR a place in relay final

City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Andrew Mullen helped secure GBR’s place in the final of the mixed 20pt 4x50m freestyle relay on day 2 of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

In what is the first time a GBR team has raced in this event, Mullen (S5), who is competing in his third Paralympics, lined up alongside team-mates Ellis Challis (S3), Ellie Robinson (S6) and Will Perry (S6) in the first of the two heats, and secured a place in the final with a time of 2:42.42.

Afterwards they said,

Ellie Challis: “That felt good. It’s a good opportunity to get a swim in before my main event, something I wasn’t expecting so I really enjoyed getting a feel of how everything worked and I’m looking forward to my main event.”

Andrew Mullen: “I massively enjoyed that. I’ve always wanted to swim a relay at a major championships. I’ve been in the team for a long time and this is the first opportunity so I’m really pleased to have been able to have done that. I think it’s great for British Para Swimming as a whole to support representation in the lower classes. This really helps set a benchmark that we can build on into Paris.”

Ellie Robinson: “In relays you really have to pull together for the team and I’m glad I’ve done my bit and I look forward to seeing what the team can do in the final.”

Will Perry: “Being here is unbelievable. I always say I’m three years early for my Paralympics, I wasn’t always meant to be here, so I’m just enjoying every bit of the experience. Just a huge privilege, I love the energy and I love the excitement.”

For full details on all the ParalympicsGB swimmers, go to the British Swimming website.

The start lists, schedule and results can be found HERE.

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